Gig Details

Friday 23 March. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. Advance tickets from

Nikki Iles: piano; Josh Arcoleo: tenor sax; Percy Pursglove: trumpet; Steve Watts bass; Tim Giles: drums

 Nikki Iles is a real favourite of Sheffield Jazz audiences and this is a brand new quintet which was formed for the Manchester Jazz Festival in July 2017. As with her Printmakers band, Nikki was asked to gather her favourite musicians for a festival date. 15 years on, Printmakers are still going strong and this Sheffield date promises to be the start of the next highly successful phase for her! A meeting of kindred spirits not to be missed.


Nikki Iles (“ one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK scene in recent times, with a liquid sound and supple, obliquely resolved phrasing”…John Fordham (The Guardian)), Tim Giles and Steve Watts go back many years playing with Stan Sulzmann, Kenny Wheeler and Julian Arguelles. Nikki heard Josh Arcoleo at the Royal Academy and was very taken with his fearless improvising and genuine feeling in the music, a very broad musician with a great talent. Completing the lineup is trumpeter Percy Pursglove, whom Nikki recently worked with in a group with Canadian Christine Jensen. Percy has worked with the likes of Steve Swallow, Chris Potter, Bill Frisell, Mike Gibbs and Evan Parker.

Review of the band’s July 2017 gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival

“A welcome return for one of jazz’s most eloquent pianists…Nikki Iles’ aqueous, romantic Moontide – written to reflect the special atmospheres created by Norma Winstone and the late John Taylor – featured wistful tenor and restrained trumpet solos supported by an undulating piano figure, with Iles’ more oblique glints escaping from the pervading swell, as well as offering long, melodic lines which might easily have represented Norma Winstone’s inimitable, emotional tones. Meditation – a heartfelt tribute to Geri Allen, who recently passed away at the age of 60 – was sensitively introduced by a plaintive, folk-song melody shared between piano, trumpet and sax, before Watts and Maddren shaped it into a rhythmically ebullient celebration (perhaps echoing Allen’s work with luminaries such as Paul Motian, Charlie Haden and Ornette Coleman).

Iles commented that it was Steve Mead’s suggestion to her to put together this band especially for 2017’s MJF – as he had done, back in 2002, when that particular ensemble… went on to become The Printmakers. So the success of this festival clearly reached far beyond its annual ten days; and, in that vein, we may have the pleasure of seeing this new, ‘one-off’ quintet again”… Adrian Pallant, London Jazz News